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  1. Elect Jacky Rosen to the US Senate

    January 21, 2018 by admin

    Nevadans and millions of Americans in states across the country have voted to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana. The jobs created, millions of dollars in state revenue and medical benefits have been indisputable.

    But the Trump administration, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, is now threatening to crack down on states that have chosen to legalize. This is a blatant infringement on states’ rights and a threat to our economies.

    Add your name to tell Jeff Sessions: Hands off states’ marijuana laws.

    I’m fighting to prohibit federal targeting of legal businesses here in Nevada. Republican Senator Dean Heller, however, voted to confirm Jeff Sessions as attorney general last year, knowing full well his history of hostility toward marijuana legalization. Dean Heller and Jeff Sessions are out of touch with everyday Nevadans.

    I need your help to send a message to this administration that Nevada should be free of federal interference with our laws. Please, click here to add your name right away.

    Thank you,

    Jacky


  2. Michael Phelan Social Security Works

    January 21, 2018 by admin

     

    As all eyes are focused on a potential government shutdown, the Senate is attempting to sneak through Alex Azar. He’s Donald Trump’s new pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, the cabinet post that oversees Medicare and Medicaid. And he might be even worse than Trump’s first HHS Secretary, Tom Price.

    Azar is the former president of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly USA. During his tenure, Eli Lilly more than tripled the price of life-saving insulin medication―protecting drug company profits over patient care.

    Next week, the Senate will vote on Alex Azar’s nomination. Write to your Senators right now and tell them that we don’t need a pharmaceutical exec running our health care.

    Alex Azar is the definition of the “revolving door” in Washington. He used his time serving in George W. Bush’s Department of Health and Human Services to cater to big pharma’s whims, auditioning for a cushy corporate job. He then spent nearly a decade personally profiting off of an industry he once regulated. And now he wants back in at HHS.

    At a time of skyrocketing drug prices, we need a health secretary who will take on the drug companies, not pad their pockets!

    Write to your Senators right now and tell them to reject Alex Azar’s nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Thank you for taking action today.

    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works

    H Who We Are
    Social Security Works leads the fight every day to expand and protect our Social Security system. Become a member today.
    D Social Security Works: The Book
    From co-founders Nancy Altman & Eric Kingson, this book makes the powerful case that Social Security isn’t going broke and how expanding it will help us all.


  3. Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager Democracy for America

    January 21, 2018 by admin

    URGENT: Today is the final day for Republicans in Congress to stop a #TrumpShutdown by voting to fund the government and protect Dreamers from being deported. Can you call Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and tell them to stop holding Dreamers hostage and allow a vote on a clean DREAM Act now?

    Yes! I’ll call Sens. Burr and Tillis right now.

    No, I can’t call, but I’ll chip in $3 to support our fight for a clean DREAM Act.

    Support for a clean DREAM Act is overwhelming and bi-partisan. A CBS poll released yesterday found that nearly nine in ten Americans believe that Dreamers should be allowed to stay in the United States. More than 700,000 Dreamers have been living in fear of deportation ever since Donald Trump revoked their protections, and Americans clearly expect Congress to fix that.

    But instead of allowing the incredibly popular legislation that would protect Dreamers to come up for a vote, Republicans are playing a sick and cynical game of hostage-taking. After spending months refusing to authorize funding for critical safety net programs, they’re now trying to hold those programs hostage in order to pressure Democrats into selling out Dreamers.

    Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell are doing everything they can to blame Democrats for a potential government shutdown. But let’s be clear: The GOP controls every single branch of the federal government, and their refusal to fund critical programs and protect Dreamers has put us in this situation.

    There is bi-partisan support in Congress for passing the DREAM Act, funding CHIP and keeping the government open. But Republican leadership keeps standing in the way of a clean vote, because they don’t want these common-sense measures to pass.

    Republicans have gotten away with using vulnerable immigrants and children as bargaining chips for too long. We need to send them a clear message right now that we will not cave to their hostage-taking — and that they will be held responsible if the government shuts down.

    Can you make an urgent call right now to Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis and tell them that they must allow a vote on a clean DREAM Act to stop the #TrumpShutdown immediately?

    Yes! I will call Sens. Burr and Tillis now.

    No, I can’t call, but I’ll pitch in $3 or more to boost the work Democracy for America is doing to help pass a clean DREAM Act.

    Thank you for making these important calls.

    – Karli

    Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America


  4. Nina Turner President Our Revolutio

    January 21, 2018 by admin

    A government shutdown over Congress’ inability to compromise is disgraceful, yet unsurprising. The Republicans have shown their cowardice when it comes to passing a clean DREAM Act. Instead of fighting for the 800,000 Dreamers that need permanent status in this country, they are more concerned with pleasing President Trump. Republicans are choosing to serve the president, not the American people.

    A government shutdown is a failure of leadership. Approximately 850,000 federal workers will be furloughed including food safety workers, passport office employees, and IRS call center staff. Republicans in Congress would rather cause mass dysfunction than work to fix our broken immigration system.

    Chip in $5 to Our Revolution’s organizing efforts right now and help us emerge from this government shutdown ready to take our government back from the special interests.

    In the absence of leadership from our government, we the people must step up. We have to step up for the 800,000 Dreamers, we have to step up for the children who rely on CHIP for their medical care, we have to step up for families across this country who need a hand up. We must continue to be our sisters’ and brothers’ keepers.

    The past year has given progressives plenty of reasons to be optimistic. We need your help to keep the momentum going and continue organizing to fuel the upset electoral victories we’ve seen across the nation.

    Kicking in just $5 today helps on our path to building a political revolution.

    In solidarity,

    Nina Turner
    President
    Our Revolution

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  5. Fred Pennell on Trump disaster

    January 20, 2018 by admin

    No, not the porn star Stormy Daniels one. The other one,complete with the jokes.
    If you don’t laugh, you simply put a gun to head crying. The Fox news and some
    GOP in support and defense of their PPOS was beyond funny. I thought some of
    them were doing stand-up sitting down, in front of a camera and mike. In front of
    real people. People with functioning brains!

    ” I don’t know who to trust anymore. All lie for the King. To the King ! ”
    King of France to Templar Knight “Kniightfall” History channel.

    Steve Miller (disciple of Bannon), and two senators in the conference, flatly deny
    he said anything like it. Others said he said the lesser offensive ” shithouse ” to
    describe scores of countries whose sin is being economically depressed. Most be-
    cause of Western nations raping their resources for 200 years, or supporting or
    ignoring brutal dicktators. One denier/defender said he was only referring to the fact
    that many of these countries/people had inadequate plumbing, and had to use an
    outhouse. I shit you not !!! That was not even the funniest fallout. Enter another of
    donald’s ” best and brightest” hires : Homeland Sec. Director KirstJen Niesen. Do
    note the name and how spelled. The J is silent. Blond, boobs and an “8” on the
    male scale. But the same ignorant, unqualified entity as Betsy D. at Dept. of Ed.
    Senator : Norway is a predominatly white country, correct ?
    KirstJen : I actually do not know that to be a fact,Sir. I guess so.

    Here is a woman whose first or last name has appeared on the roster of every
    category of Norway’s Olympic teams since 1932. Head of HL Security. I shit you
    NOT. Do any of you feel safer ???
    Only 7 more years,
    Fred


  6. Donald Trump: A Year of Making Workplaces More Dangerous

    January 20, 2018 by admin

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    It has been a year since Donald Trump took office. Despite promising to be a friend of workers, Trump has spent much of his first year making our workplaces less safe.

    AFL-CIO Director of Safety and Health Peg Seminario described Trump’s actions:

    The Trump administration has teamed up with Republican leaders in Congress and corporate allies to launch a war on regulatory protections, putting workers and the public in danger. Workers’ safety and health, wages and financial security are threatened. These regulatory protections don’t kill jobs. But there is no doubt that rolling back these protections will hurt workers.

    Here are some of the ways Trump’s record on health and safety has failed working people in the United States:

    • Repealed an Occupational Safety and Health Administration rule requiring employers to keep accurate injury records (PL-115-21).
    • Repealed the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule to make sure federal contractors follow safety and labor laws (PL-115-11).
    • Repealed Department of Labor rules providing for state and local governments to establish voluntary retirement savings programs for private-sector workers. (PL-115-25, PL 115-35).
    • Executive Order 13771 required that for every new worker protection, two existing safeguards must be repealed.
    • Executive Order 13777 required agencies to identify regulations that are burdensome to industry that should be repealed or modified.
    • Withdrew an OSHA policy allowing workers to designate walkaround representatives to participate in OSHA inspections in nonunion workplaces.
    • Withdrew more than a dozen rules from the OSHA and the Mine Safety and Health Administration regulatory agenda, including standards on combustible dust, styrene, 1-bromopropane, noise in construction, update of permissible exposure limits, and MSHA penalties and refuge alternatives in coal mines, which abandons protecting workers from major hazards.
    • Withdrew Wage and Hour Division guidance and interpretations on independent contractor and joint employer status, issued to ensure workers receive the benefits of labor protections and to prevent misclassification of workers.
    • Proposed a 2018 budget that would slash the Department of Labor’s budget by 21%, eliminate worker safety and health training programs and the Chemical Safety Board, cut NIOSH’s job safety research by $100 million and cut NLRB funding by $17 million.
    • A U.S. District Court overturned DOL’s 2016 rule to update and expand overtime protections for 4.2 million workers on Aug. 31, 2017. It is unclear whether DOL will appeal the ruling. Secretary Acosta has announced that he thinks the salary threshold in the rule is too high, and DOL is moving forward with rulemaking to consider lowering the salary threshold and other measures to weaken the Obama overtime pay protections.
    • In response to Executive Order 13772 directing review of financial regulations, the DOL delayed the compliance date for DOL’s conflict of interest fiduciary rule for 60 days until June 9, 2017, and has proposed to delay certain provisions until July 1, 2019. DOL is currently reviewing the rule and has solicited comments on whether it should be revised.
    • A U.S. District Court issued an injunction against DOL’s persuader rules. DOL proposed to repeal the rules and final repeal action is expected shortly. These rules were created to increase transparency in the union-busting industry.
    • Delayed OSHA’s new beryllium standard from March 10, 2017, until May 20, 2017. Industry groups have asked OSHA to stay the rule (general industry, construction and maritime) and reopen the record for consideration of the standard. He also proposed weakening the beryllium rule in construction and maritime by revoking the ancillary provisions on medical surveillance, exposure monitoring, housekeeping and other measures.
    • Delayed enforcement of the OSHA silica standard in construction for 90 days until Sept. 23, 2017, allowing continued high dust exposures that will result in the deaths of more than 160 workers. He later announced a further 30-day delay for full enforcement of the standard.
    • Delayed MSHA’s mine examination rule for metal and nonmetal mines from May 23, 2017, until Oct. 2, 2017, and further delayed it until March 2, 2018. He also proposed weakening changes to the rule, including delaying mine inspections until after work has begun, instead of before work commences, and eliminating recording of hazardous conditions that are immediately abated.
    • Delayed the compliance date for reporting summary injury data to OSHA under the injury tracking rule from July 1, 2017, until Dec. 1, 2017. OSHA also announced it intends to issue a separate proposal revising or revoking other provisions of the rule.
    • Delayed the effective date of EPA’s Risk Management Program rule to prevent chemical accidents from June 19, 2017, until Feb. 19, 2019, putting workers, the public and first responders in danger.
    • Removed from active development on the regulatory agenda critical OSHA standards on workplace violence, infectious diseases, process safety management and emergency preparedness, and MSHA standards on silica and proximity detection systems for mobile mining equipment.
    • Nominated Andrew Puzder, a fast food restaurant chain CEO, as secretary of labor. Puzder’s nomination was withdrawn after allegations of labor violations and concerns about personal conduct.
    • Nominated David Zatezalo, a former coal mine CEO, as MSHA assistant secretary. Zatezalo’s mining company had a history of serious mining violations.
    • Nominated Marvin Kaplan, a former Republican Hill staffer, and William Emanuel, a management side labor attorney who has a long record of opposing workers’ right to organize, to the National Labor Relations Board. Both have been confirmed, giving Republicans a majority on the board.

  7. Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager Democracy for America

    January 20, 2018 by admin

    They did it. They actually did it.

    Late last night, Republicans in Congress decided that they would rather shut down the government than protect immigrants and fund children’s health care, siding instead with Donald Trump and his extreme right-wing allies.

    It’s hard to imagine a more fitting end to Donald Trump’s disastrous first year in office.

    The Republican attempt to hold immigrants hostage and coerce Democrats into abandoning them failed. And now, despite having complete control over the White House, the Senate and the House of Representatives, Trump and the GOP are refusing to work toward a productive fix to this crisis that would protect Dreamers and get the government running again.

    We simply cannot allow people who are this incompetent and malicious to maintain control over our government any longer. That’s why Democracy for America is going all-in on a 50-state effort to make Trump’s Republican Party pay in 2018.

    URGENT: Can you chip in $3 or more today so that DFA can supercharge our efforts to take down every single Congressional Republican who made this #TrumpShutdown happen?

    Not only is it reckless to play games with our government and so many peoples’ lives, it is also massively unpopular — and voters know who is to blame for getting us here. A new Washington Post/ NBC News poll out yesterday showed that more Americans blame Republicans for the shutdown than the Democrats. And independent voters blame Republicans by a ratio of nearly two to one.

    Ever since Donald Trump took office, momentum has been building to take down the Republicans. Starting with their racist fear-mongering and attacks on people of color at home and abroad, through their vicious assault on health care access and their massive money-grab for the 1%, every single policy they’ve backed has hurt and angered the American public. And now, they’ve proven that they don’t even have the skills to keep the government running.

    DFA has been leading the charge to elect progressives and kick Trump’s allies out of office. Our members invested heavily in electing progressives and building a reflective democracy in states from Virginia to Washington in 2017. And we’re well-positioned to be a critical part of the blue wave that is building in 2018.

    Republicans in Congress made #TrumpShutdown happen. Now, they must be held accountable. Can you pitch in $3 or more to support DFA’s work to build powerful campaigns around progressive champions who can take down Congressional Republicans this November?

    Thanks for being a part of DFA’s efforts to take down Trump’s Republicans.

    – Karli

    Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
    Democracy for America


  8. SOUTHERN NEWS AND TRENDS

    January 20, 2018 by admin

    Jan. 19, 2018

    SOUTHERN NEWS AND TRENDS
    SPECIAL REPORT – Trump’s anti-labor judicial pick for North Carolina
    INSTITUTE INDEX – Florida inmates strike over wages

    SOUTHERN NEWS AND TRENDS

    WHAT CONGRESS’S FAILURE TO EXTEND CHIP FUNDING WOULD MEAN FOR THE SOUTH: Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which covers nearly 3 million children in the South, isn’t guaranteed for every state past Jan. 19. If Congress fails to find a fix, the results would be disastrous in a region consistently ranked low for children’s health outcomes. (1/19/2018)

    GERRYMANDERING’S COLLATERAL DAMAGE AT CENTER OF FIGHT OVER VIRGINIA HOUSE CONTROL: Split precincts where some voters cast ballots in one race and some in another are to blame for the chaos in a critical Virginia House race that’s still being contested in the courts — and the problem is even worse in some other heavily gerrymandered states like North Carolina. (1/16/2018)

    TRUMP’S OFFSHORE DRILLING PLAN FLOUTS LAW BY IGNORING GOVERNORS’ WISHES: The Trump administration announced an aggressive proposal to bring offshore drilling to Southern states where governors oppose it, despite a federal law that says their wishes should be considered. Governors, both Democrat and Republican, say they plan to fight it. (1/5/2018)

    WHAT FARMWORKERS CAN TEACH HOLLYWOOD ABOUT ENDING SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A proven model for creating a safer workplace exists in Florida’s tomato fields. (1/18/2018)
    SPECIAL REPORT – The anti-labor roots of Trump’s controversial judicial pick

    By Billy Corriher

    President Donald Trump nominated lawyer Thomas Farr to a lifetime seat as a federal judge in eastern North Carolina, and the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to confirm Farr this week — despite opposition from Democratic senators, labor unions, and civil rights advocates. His nomination now goes to the full Senate. Critics have pointed to Farr’s role in intimidation of black voters by the 1990 campaign of U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms of North Carolina, and his involvement in crafting a 2013 voting law in that state which a federal court said targeted “African Americans with almost surgical precision.”

    Besides his role in voter suppression efforts, Farr, 63, also worked for a group founded by Southern business owners with the goal of suppressing workers’ right to organize. Farr’s career as an attorney began in 1979 at the National Right to Work Foundation, the legal arm of the National Right to Work Committee, which was created in 1955 by a group that included wealthy industrialists from North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. Journalist Jane Mayer’s book “Dark Money” discussed the role of the Koch brothers’ father, Fred Koch, in launching a forerunner to the Committee, which has received millions of dollars from the Koch brothers and other big business interests.

    The Foundation promotes so-called right to work laws, which prohibit requiring workers at a unionized workplace who are not members of the union to pay what are known as “fair share” fees to cover the costs of collective bargaining, which benefits union and nonunion employees alike.

    The Foundation and its legal arm carried out a decades-long campaign to undermine public-employee unions by having fair share fees ruled unconstitutional. In addition to helping the group’s efforts to impoverish unions, Farr also played a key role in a constitutional challenge to a California law allowing public employees to collectively bargain.

    Farr’s efforts to curb voting rights for African Americans are not unrelated to his efforts to curb workers’ organizing rights. As Facing South has reported, the right to work movement was launched by extreme pro-segregationist elements in the 1930s and ‘40s South.

    In 1936, for example, Texas oil lobbyist Vance Muse founded the Christian American Association, the first group to champion right to work as a political goal. Muse warned that unionization meant that “white women and white men will be forced into organizations with black African apes whom they will have to call ‘brother’ or lose their jobs.” Moshe Marvit of The Century Foundation notes that right to work was “held out to white ethnic workers as a way to distance themselves from workers of other ethnicities and races.”

    Muse’s organization successfully lobbied for right to work laws in states across the South. After all of the Southern studies passed right to work laws or state constitutional amendments, right to work advocates shifted their focus to Midwestern states that used to be union strongholds, like Michigan and Wisconsin.

    Representing the reactionary

    Promoting right to work laws is not the only way Farr has sought to tip the balance of power away from workers and toward the bosses.

    In 1981, he became a lawyer for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, working for U.S. Sen. John East of North Carolina. East had extremely conservative views, leading Helms to once joke that he was the “liberal Senator from North Carolina.” Like Helms, East had a record of opposing civil rights laws and attacking labor unions. East sponsored bills to expand the reach of state right to work laws and limit federal laws protecting workers.

    A few years later, Farr began his decades-long partnership at a North Carolina law firm founded by Tom Ellis, who advised East and Helms and served on the board of directors of the Pioneer Fund, a nonprofit created in 1937 to fund research projects aimed at proving the genetic superiority of white people. The Fund has been designated as a racist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    During his tenure at Ellis’ firm, Farr defended a range of companies facing discrimination lawsuits. Alliance for Justice, a progressive judicial advocacy group, concluded that Farr chose to “build his career undermining workers’ rights.”

    In 2003, for example, he persuaded a court to strike down a local employment discrimination law as violating the North Carolina Constitution. He defended pharmaceutical giant Pfizer in a lawsuit claiming that a supervisor sexually harassed his female workers and called them “stupid, retarded, and awful.” He represented a company sued by a woman who was not hired for a job that a supervisor told her was “too hard and too rough for a woman.” And he defended a car rental company accused of discriminating against African-American customers in the Carolinas.

    In 1997, Farr argued that the U.S. Supreme Court should reinstate a North Carolina law that singled out victims of workplace asbestos poisoning by imposing tougher requirements on their workers’ compensation lawsuits. Farr also defended American National Can when it was accused of refusing to allow union representatives access to the plant to investigate charges that workers were subjected to extreme heat.

    More recently, when North Carolina’s notorious 2016 anti-transgender “bathroom bill” eliminated the right of all workers to sue for discrimination in state court, Farr supported the change. Legislators quickly repealed the provision after strong criticism from civil rights groups, the business community, and the media.

    Trump reshapes the judiciary

    Farr is not the only Trump judicial nominee with a history of defending corporate misconduct and advocating for corporate interests. Trump is rapidly changing the federal judiciary, and his judges will have a dramatic impact on the rights of workers — especially in the South, where most of the anti-worker nominees will preside.

    For example, Trump has appointed extreme jurists to the already-conservative 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Judges there have issued nationwide injunctions against many Obama-era regulations, including the Department of Labor’s regulations to raise standards for overtime pay.

    The Senate recently confirmed the president’s appointment to that circuit of former Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett, who expressed fondness for a discredited century-old legal theory that allowed judges to strike down New Deal laws protecting workers as violating unwritten “economic” rights. Another 5th Circuit nominee, Kurt Engelhardt, has a record of throwing out sexual harassment lawsuits as a federal judge in Louisiana.

    Meanwhile, Trump’s successful Supreme Court nominee, Justice Neil Gorsuch, could soon cast the deciding vote to cripple public employee unions in Janus v. AFSCME, a case out of Illinois in which anti-union groups argue that charging public employees fair share fees to cover the cost of collective bargaining violates the First Amendment. The Court was poised to strike down fair share fees in 2016, but after conservative Justice Antonin Scalia died, the justices deadlocked 4-4. President Trump nominated Gorsuch, who had a clear record of ruling for corporations over workers, after Senate Republicans refused to confirm President Obama’s nominee and left the court short-staffed for a year.

    If Gorsuch votes as expected, Janus could fatally undermine the funding of public employee unions — the culmination of a legal crusade started with lawsuits by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, where Farr began his legal career. The Foundation has been filing lawsuits challenging fair share fees for decades, and it supports the plaintiffs in Janus.

    A ruling against the unions in Janus would essentially make every state a “right to work” state when it comes to public employees. This could be particularly harmful to workers in the South, where fewer private-sector employees are unionized, and to African Americans, who are more likely to be employed in the public sector.

    President Trump has put forth judicial nominees who are unqualified or appear biased against certain people, including several lawyers who have said terrible things about LGBT people. Some of these nominees have had to withdraw due to concerns about inexperience or their failure to disclose controversial statements when they were vetted. But to date, Farr is the only nominee with close ties to white supremacists and anti-labor groups.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Farr on Jan. 18, but some members including Democrats Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey are demanding a new hearing on the nominee. That’s because at his brief hearing in September, Farr denied knowledge of voter intimidation by the 1990 Helms campaign, which he represented as a lawyer. But since then, the North Carolina-based Indy Week newspaper interviewed a former Justice Department lawyer who worked on the case and claimed Farr was aware of the misconduct.

    In December, Booker wrote to Farr and the Justice Department to demand more information about the nominee’s role in Helms’ voter intimidation effort. He also called on Judiciary Committee Chair Charles Grassley of Iowa to delay action on Farr. But Senate leaders have not responded to Harris’s and Booker’s requests, and they appear poised to continue their rapid pace of confirmations.

    If Farr is confirmed by the Senate, his record suggests that workers, like victims of discrimination, will find little protection for their rights in his courtroom.

    (To comment on or to share this story, click here. Photo is a screenshot from the C-SPAN broadcast of Farr’s September 2017 Senate Judiciary hearing.)

    INSTITUTE INDEX – Florida inmates strike for better wages and conditions

    Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that abolished slavery and involuntary servitude “except as a punishment for a crime”: 13th

    Amount of money the prison industry makes annually off the labor of the 900,000 prisoners who work for little to nothing: $2 billion.

    Of the six states that do not pay inmates for their labor at all, percent that are in the South: 100*

    Rank of Florida among the states with the highest prison populations: 3

    Number of people incarcerated in Florida’s prisons: about 100,000

    Highest hourly pay for a Florida inmate working a regular prison job, in cents: 32

    Amount Florida prisoners were paid for performing dangerous cleanup duties in the wake of Hurricane Irma: nothing

    Amount a $4 can of soup costs in Florida’s prison canteens, which the inmates call “highway robbery without a gun”: $17

    On Jan. 15, the federal holiday honoring civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., number of Florida prisoners expected to participate in Operation PUSH — a nonviolent strike to demand better pay, lower canteen prices and parole incentives: thousands

    Date on which a group of Haitian inmates in Florida released a statement in support of the strike, saying that “prisons in America are nothing but a different form of slavery plantations and the citizens of the country are walking zombie banks”: 12/28/2017

    Number of strike organizers placed in solitary confinement in the days before the strike began: dozens

    Number of expected Operation PUSH strike locations: at least 8

    Number of days the prisoners are expected to strike: at least 30

    Number of groups that have pledged solidarity to the striking prisoners: over 140

    Date on which a solidarity “phone zap” is scheduled to support the strikers: 1/22/2018

    Cost for Florida to hire outside companies to perform the work duties of the striking prisoners: millions of dollars

    Year in which the largest prison strike in U.S. history took place: 2016

    Estimated number of prisoners who took part in that action: 20,000

    Number of Florida prisons where there were work stoppages as part of that strike: 4

    * Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina and Texas

    (Click on figure to go to source. To comment on or to share this index, click here. Photo of an inmate working from the Florida Department of Corrections website.)
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  9. Michael Phelan Social Security Works

    January 20, 2018 by admin

    As all eyes are focused on a potential government shutdown, the Senate is attempting to sneak through Alex Azar. He’s Donald Trump’s new pick for Secretary of Health and Human Services, the cabinet post that oversees Medicare and Medicaid. And he might be even worse than Trump’s first HHS Secretary, Tom Price.

    Azar is the former president of pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly USA. During his tenure, Eli Lilly more than tripled the price of life-saving insulin medication―protecting drug company profits over patient care.

    Next week, the Senate will vote on Alex Azar’s nomination. Write to your Senators right now and tell them that we don’t need a pharmaceutical exec running our health care.

    Alex Azar is the definition of the “revolving door” in Washington. He used his time serving in George W. Bush’s Department of Health and Human Services to cater to big pharma’s whims, auditioning for a cushy corporate job. He then spent nearly a decade personally profiting off of an industry he once regulated. And now he wants back in at HHS.

    At a time of skyrocketing drug prices, we need a health secretary who will take on the drug companies, not pad their pockets!

    Write to your Senators right now and tell them to reject Alex Azar’s nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

    Thank you for taking action today.

    Michael Phelan
    Social Security Works

    H Who We Are
    Social Security Works leads the fight every day to expand and protect our Social Security system. Become a member today.
    D Social Security Works: The Book
    From co-founders Nancy Altman & Eric Kingson, this book makes the powerful case that Social Security isn’t going broke and how expanding it will help us all.


  10. Donald Trump must be SO PISSED:

    January 20, 2018 by admin

     

    When we learned Trump was flying to Pennsylvania, we were SO worried he’d ruin our campaign to win the Special Election.

    But since Trump landed in PA, we’re being FLOODED with Triple-Matched donations!!

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    This Special Election is a TOSS-UP. So we HAVE to hit tonight’s goal to fund our Democratic Voter Turnout Teams — and HUMILIATE Trump!!

    Richard we’re BEGGING you! Will you send an online donation before midnight?

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    Progressive Turnout project has field coordinators across Pennsylvania’s 18th district knocking on doors and having face-to-face conversations with Democratic voters.

    We use tactics that are guaranteed to increase voter turnout.

    And you should know, progressive candidates for Congress from across the country will be watching this race.

    So we MUST help Democrat Conor Lamb win this race to give progressives a SURGE of momentum heading into the midterm elections.

    But to be honest, we’re short of our budget goal at the worst possible time. If we can’t raise $10,000 before midnight, this race is over.

    Tomorrow is too late. Donate right now to help Democrats WIN Pennsylvania’s Special Election.

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